The 12V sub-compact-drill category is growing — literally. As you can see with this 3/8” chuck on the Ridgid R82007, the basic sub-compact shape may still be there, but manufacturers are finding ways to stuff the old into the new.
Ridgid’s new snub-nosed drill may look a bit odd for a “small drill” — it measures around 5″ from front to back and boasts 120 inch-pounds of torque — but the addition of a 3/8” chuck on the sub-compact platform seems to be a lethal combination. With its slightly bloated dimensions, this is a great half-step between a normal-sized rig and a sub.
Its $100 price point puts it in contention with the subs for those guys who want a small drill but don’t want to give up a 3/8” chuck. Yes, it’s a bit on the chunky side, but the versatility of the 3/8” drive might win out in the end.